I've had a Nighthawk R7000 WiFi router for awhile and just tried to connect a USB 3.0 drive to the USB 3.0 port. I wanted to use this drive as an OSX Time Machine backup for two Mac computers, my wife's and mine. I partitiioned the drive into two partitions, one for my wife's computer and one for mine using the Mac journaled formatting. When I plugged this drive into the router, only one of the partitions showed up as shared, the other was not. Nothing I could do from the router web interface would let me change the state of the unshared drive.
Regardless of that, I tried to designate the partition that was shared as the destination for the Time Machine backup. The drive was connected and I could see it in the Finder, but by the time I had pointed Time Machine at the drive, it had disconnected itself from the
Digging around in Google and looking for information isn't encouraging about setting this up, or using router connected storage reliably as a network attached Time Machine backup destination. There wasn't much consistent information about this kind of setup, and much of it was old. All of it made me feel it wasn't going to work.
I'm a software developer, so have quite a bit of experience working with this kind of stuff, but I'm not inclined to do so based on what I've read. Has anyone got any pointers or references that would change my mind, or confirm that it is in fact not a good idea.
Re: Nighthawk R7000
Take this as strictly my opinion and, therefore, with a grain of salt. I've seen too many complaints about ReadyShare flakiness that I wouldn't trust to use it. Routers are underpowered to handle NAS functions, anyway. Get a standalone NAS from a reputable vendor. They are much faster and feature-packed. Routers should route; nothing more.